I used to work in retail. During that time, I would rather impale myself on a rusty pipe [but remember that time I almost did that on accident?] than listen to Christmas music voluntarily. I also worked at a location where the Store Manager would only allow us to listen to The Chipmunks Christmas Albums [yeah, there’s several of them and we had a 5 disc changer filled with them] during her shifts. I remember people actually taking one of the FIVE out and she would get really mad and put it back in. That was 8+ non-stop hours of Alvin and the Chipmunks for at least 2 months during the worst time to be a retail worker ever [minus just… being one during COVID]. I’m not being dramatic when I say that I literally wanted to kill myself.
Now that I get to choose when and what Christmas music I want to listen to, it’s fantastic. There’s so many Christmas Albums, it’s insane. And so many more random Christmas songs. I decided to go with albums because I thought it would be easier (lol it’s not) but I then leave out a lot of great songs that stand on their own. They’re listed below, before the albums.
Stand Alone Honorable Mentions:
- Frosty the Snowman – Fiona Apple
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
- Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
- Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen
- The Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler (Yup, fully aware this isn’t a “Christmas” song. It stays.)
- All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey (She does actually have an entire Christmas album but it’s not on my list, please don’t hurt me)
I also have a Spotify playlist with all of my favorites.
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album
A billion years ago, Jacob and I went to Disneyland for Christmas. While waiting in line for food [I was HANGRY] in California Adventure, Cars Land, we heard this album. They have one of the best live albums ever [but that’s for another post] so we were very intrigued. Turns out their Christmas album is also great. I’m a California girl, what do you expect?
A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s voice is so dreamy. I’m not picky – any of his Christmas albums and songs are top of my list. His voice just puts me in the mood for the holidays.
Holiday for Swing! – Seth MacFarlane
I remember when I discovered this album a few years ago and I was shocked that the dude who made Family Guy has a fantastic voice. Every single one of the songs on this album is great and you should go listen right now.
A Very She & Him Christmas
Zooey Deschanel is my 2nd favorite Deschanel sister but that’s okay. She & Him give a different take on the Christmas music and make it a little more modern because I’m just realizing how old school my list is [not an apology].
Any version of The Nutcracker will do. I love it ALL. I know you all know about the Sugar Plum Fairies but seriously, go give the whole thing a listen. It’s my second favorite ballet to listen to [first is Swan Lake but if you catch me listening to that, I might be trying not to punch something so]
What’s your favorite Christmas album?